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(signed January 31, 2003; renewed June 16, 2005; renewed February 8, 2007; renewed March 6, 2009; concluded September 13, 2010)


Jim Thornton, Director of Environmental, Health and Safety at Northrop Grumman Corporation and representing the American Shipbuilding Association, an Alliance Program participant, describing the maritime industry's unique regulatory requirements during his presentation at OSHA's Small Business Forum: "Safety and Health Issues in the Maritime Industry" held September 14, 2007 in Washington, DC. Terry Preston, Director of Safety, Environmental & Quality at Atlantic Marine, LLC in Mobile, AL, representing the SCA, presented "Small to Medium Sized Shipyard Challenges and Opportunities" during the Forum.
Jim Thornton, Director of Environmental, Health and Safety at Northrop Grumman Corporation and representing the American Shipbuilding Association, an Alliance Program participant, describing the maritime industry's unique regulatory requirements during his presentation at OSHA's Small Business Forum: "Safety and Health Issues in the Maritime Industry" held September 14, 2007 in Washington, DC. Terry Preston, Director of Safety, Environmental & Quality at Atlantic Marine, LLC in Mobile, AL, representing the SCA, presented "Small to Medium Sized Shipyard Challenges and Opportunities" during the Forum.

Through the Alliance, OSHA and SCA will provide SCA members and others in the shipbuilding industry, including non-English or limited English speaking employees, with information and guidance that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to shipyard safety and health hazards such as electrical, welding/hotwork, and ergonomics, and in promoting hearing conservation. The goals of the Alliance include:

Outreach and communication:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and SCA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SCA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by SCA and through OSHA- or SCA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Promote and encourage SCA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on shipyard safety and health hazards, including ergonomics, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases


Activities and Events (Archive)
  • May 2-8, 2010: 2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Shipbuilding Council of America and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2010 NAOSH Week, "Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces." Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • March 11, 2010: SCA Spring Health and Safety Seminar, Mobile, Alabama.
    • John Vos, Maritime Specialist, Region IV, Savannah, Georgia Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a maritime safety-related presentation.
  • October 27, 2009: 2009 National Safety Congress and Expo, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
    • Stephen Butler, Director, Office of Maritime Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs, and Ian Bennitt, Manager, Government Affairs, SCA, presented "Maritime Industry Safety and Health Products and Information."
  • September 10, 2009: SCA Fall Health and Safety Seminar, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. 
    • Kelly Bubolz, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region V, Appleton, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a maritime safety-related presentation.
  • May 3-9, 2009: 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."
    • May 4, 2009: Ian Bennitt, Manager, Government Affairs, SCA, attended the NAOSH Week Kick-off event at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC. Acting Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab, USDOL-OSHA; Warren Brown, President, ASSE; and Andrew Cooper, Secretary, CSSE; provided brief remarks. The Kick-off also featured an Alliance Program participant panel with presentations from Alliance Program participants American Heart Association, ASSE, Independent Electrical Contractors, and National Safety Council focusing on workplace safety and health issues.
  • October 2, 2008: Virginia Ship Repair Association 13th Annual Safety and Health Seminar, Norfolk, Virginia.
    • Leo Edwards, Area Director, Region III, Norfolk, Virginia Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Employer Paid PPE" during the seminar.
  • May 4-10, 2008: 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Shipbuilders Council of America and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2008 NAOSH Week, "Safety is Good Business." Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
    • May 5, 2008: Ian Bennitt, Manager, Government Affairs, SCA; attended the NAOSH Week Kick-off event at the U.S. Department of Labor. Donald Shalhoub, then-Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; and Michael Thompson, then-President, ASSE; were the keynote speakers. Mr. Shalhoub presented "Safety is Good Business" to OSHA and Alliance Program participants and other safety and health representatives.
  • March 26, 2008: Shipbuilders Council of America Safety Seminar, Biloxi, Mississippi.
    • Clyde Payne, Area Director, Region IV, Jackson, Mississippi Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Ergonomics in Shipyard Employment" during the seminar.

Products and Resources


Alliance Program Participant Developed Products

OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

OSHA eTools

Success Stories

Publications and Newsletters

  • Shipyard Chronicle, Winter 2007. This edition of SCA's quarterly publication includes an article, "SCA Partners with ASSE to promote NAOSH Week" that describes the American Society of Safety Engineer's 2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week from May 6-12, 2007.
  • Shipyard Chronicle, Winter 2007. This edition of SCA's quarterly publication includes an article, "SCA Participates on OSHA Small Business Roundtable" that describes the February 1, 2007 Alliance Program Small Business Roundtable meeting.
  • Shipyard Chronicle, Winter 2007. This edition of SCA's quarterly publication includes an article, "OSHA Issues Shipyard Abrasive Blasting Guidance Document " that describes the Shipyard Abrasive Blasting Guidance document that was released in January 2007.
  • Shipyard Chronicle, Winter 2007. This edition of SCA's quarterly publication includes an article, "OSHA Updates Guidance on Avian Flu" describing the OSHA Guidance Update on Protecting Employees from Avian Flu Viruses document that was released in October 2006.
  • Shipyard Chronicle, Winter 2007. This edition of SCA's quarterly publication includes an article, "OSHA Makes the Business Case for Safety and Health " that describes the development of the Safety and Health topics Web page titled, Making the Business Case for Safety and Health.
  • Shipyard Chronicle, Winter 2007. This edition of SCA's quarterly publication includes an article, "OSHA Issues Shipyard Abrasive Blasting Guidance Document " that describes the Shipyard Abrasive Blasting Guidance document that was released in January 2007.
  • Shipyard Chronicle, Fall 2006. This edition of SCA's quarterly publication includes an article, "OSHA Posts Fire Protection Module" that describes the addition of the Fire Protection Module to OSHA's interactive Web-based training tool, the Shipyard Employment eTool.
  • Shipyard Chronicle, Fall 2006. This edition of SCA's quarterly publication includes an article, "OSHA Seeks Comments On Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)" that describes the October 25, 2006 Alliance Program Hazard Communication Roundtable's Promoting the GHS Workgroup meeting.
  • Shipyard Chronicle, Fall 2006. This edition of SCA's quarterly publication includes an article, "SCA Member Bay Shipbuilding Co. Hosts Fall Safety Seminar" that describes a presentation made by Mel Lischefski, Director, Region V, Appleton, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, on the revised hexavalent chromium standard to 25 shipyard safety and health professionals during the seminar.
  • Shipyard Chronicle, Summer 2006. This edition of SCA's quarterly publication includes an article, "SCA Joins Industry and Regulatory Groups to Produce Hydrogen Sulfide Alert" that describes the Safety Alert: Shipyard Sewage and Hydrogen Sulfide, which is a product of the Alliances that OSHA signed with the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Shipbuilding Association, the National Shipbuilding Research Program, and the Shipbuilders Council of America.
  • Shipyard Chronicle, Spring 2006. This edition of SCA's quarterly publication includes an article, "SCA Members Join OSHA to Write eTool Module" that describes the development of the Fire Protection Module for OSHA's Shipyard Employment eTool.

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